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When We Were Young! – British Children’s Television series 1960’s

When We Were Young! – American Children’s Television series 1960’s

When We Were Young! – Australian Children’s Television series 1960’s


Both Suze and l have differing memories with regards children’s television from the 60’s. I was born in 63, Suze in 61 – many of the series l saw growing up were mostly British and American reruns and l saw them from the later 60’s to the early 70’s when living and growing up in Australia, where as she saw hers from mid 60’s onwards and these were not reruns.

This is a ten part Mini Series of British, American and Australian Classic Children’s TV Series for the 60’s mostly but it will also include some from the 50’s and some from the 70’s on account of long running series and late entries to the 60’s. These are from both mine and Suze’s younger years, and probably a good many of you as well. These are in no order of favour, l wrote down a list as Suze and l spoke and so this is the end result, as they come!

This has been awesome fun putting this together – so many memories, but goodness me, it makes you feel real old!

Let me know below what your favourite TV shows were for you when you were young.


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1 – Thunderbirds – 1965 – 1966 – 2 Seasons – 32 @50 Minute Episodes

This classic British science-fiction series follows the missions of the International Rescue team, a life-saving organisation who have advanced technology to aid them in their rescues. The team’s secret base is on Tracy Island where they keep their fleet of `Thunderbird’ machines. Ex-astronaut Jeff Tracy leads the group that is made up of his five adult sons – Scott, John, Virgil, Gordon and Alan.

2 – Lost in Space – 1965 – 1968 – 3 Seasons – 83 Episodes

The Robinson family was supposed to set off on a five-year mission to explore a distant planet, but an act of sabotage by the scheming Dr. Zachary Smith — who managed to get himself trapped aboard the spaceship — leaves them adrift in space for three years. The Robinsons, pilot Don West, Dr. Smith and their trusty robot move from planet to planet, always searching for a way to return to Earth.

3 – Skippy the Bush Kangaroo – 1968 – 1970 – 3 Seasons – 91 Episodes

Skippy the Bush Kangaroo is an Australian television series created by Australian actor John McCallum, Lionel Austin and Lee Robinson produced from 1967–1969 about the adventures of a young boy and his highly intelligent pet kangaroo.

4 – Flipper – 1964 – 1967 – 3 Seasons – 88 Episodes

Two children find adventure with their pet dolphin. Flipper, a bottlenose dolphin, is the pet of Porter Ricks, Chief Warden at Coral Key Park and Marine Preserve (a fictional version of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo, Florida), and his two young sons, Sandy and Bud.

5 – Lassie – 1954 – 1973 – 19 Seasons – 591 Episodes

A smart and fearless collie named Lassie performs a series of heroic tasks for her human owners and friends. For the first several years of the series, Lassie lived on family farms, before moving on to work with forest rangers in the wilderness and ultimately settling in at Holden ranch, a ranch for troubled children.

6 – My Favourite Martian – 1963 – 1966 – 3 Seasons – 107 Episodes

A Martian crash-lands on Earth and is taken in by young newspaper reporter Tim O’Hara. Disguised asTim’s Uncle Martin, he attempts to repair his ship and keep himself out of trouble. But Tim’s nosy landlady, Mrs. Brown, takes a liking to Uncle Martin, which complicates things, as does Uncle Martin’s tendency to use his Martian powers at the wrong time.

7 – Mr Ed – 1961 – 1966 – 6 Seasons – 143 Episodes

“A horse is a horse, of course, of course, and no one can talk to a horse, of course.” That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mister Ed. Said Mister Ed shares his words of wisdom only with Wilbur, his hapless owner.



Well there we go, that’s part one of ten, now tell us both, which are your favourites from this line up, or are these new to you …………. really??

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20 thoughts on “Theme Times – When We Were Young!

  1. I remember all but #’s 1&3. I wasn’t born until 1965 so I’m sure some of what I remember were reruns. My husband and I don’t have cable TV and only use an antennae. Many of the stations that we get play old shows. We have recently caught episodes of Lassie and Mr. Ed. Probably my favorite is the Beverly Hillbillies and my husband loves Green Acres. Are you familiar with them?
    Funny story – Last year I started going to a new Dentist. He is young – probably in his 20’s his name is Zachary Smith. Every time I say Dr. Smith I cringe a bit. How could his parents do that to him?

    1. Hey Ruth, l am not that surprised that 1 and 3 are unfamiliar territory – l caught Thunderbirds which was British as reruns later 60’s in Australia, and l caught Skippy because that was an actual Ozzy show. I think the reruns of those did eventually hit the States in the 70’s/80’s.

      As to Green Acres and Beverly Hillbillies, they are on our list and will appear over the course of the coming week 🙂

      I loved all the animal ones – l adored Mr Ed and a couple of years ago watched the entire series again, creating this post made me happy and sad at the same time.

      As to your Dentist good golly, l wonder if they were fans of Lost in Space ha ha 🙂

  2. I watched Lost In Space, My Favorite Martian and some Lassie. Didnt watch the others.

    My mother says I was a fan of Captain Kangaroo, I dont remember. I liked Mr Rogers, Electric Company, Sesame Street

    Then there was Sigmund & The Sea Monster, Land Of The Lost, Electro Woman & Dyna Girl, Dr Shrinker, HR Puffinstuff…

    I’m sure there’s more🤔😂

  3. Obviously I’ve never seen or heard of #1 and #3, me living in the USA. The other’s I’ve certainly heard of, and probably saw episodes of all of them, as for their being favorites – Nah. “Timmy’s in the well” is still a running joke. I was born in 1946 and I we got a TV in the late 40’s – TV shows I remember that I liked when I was a little, little kid – well TV was live back in those days and many shows were local – shown only in the cities they originated from – so there are people my age who would never have seen the shows I did – plus I grew up in NYC – so lots of tv came out of there that wasn’t National.

    1. Hey Grace, l am also familiar with many of these and strangely enough and hopefully pleasing to you also is that some of these are also on the list for the coming week – l saw reruns of Rin Tin Tin for example in Australia in the late 60’s and l was a fan of his – his original name was Rinty and he died at the age of 14 in 1932 🙂

  4. I was never keen on Thunderbirds, my brother loved it. I liked all the others but being inn Australia much later I think than the original time frames. I also loved HR Puffnstuff, Catweasal, Adventure Island, Beverley Hillbillies, Disneyland the original family watched it on Sunday nights. We only had two channels where I lived and they did not start until the afternoon. Dr Who, Zorro, Oh a science show with the guy who said why is it so. FTroop, gumby, (seems like I watched a lot of TV but we were only allowed an hour in the afternoon after our bath, and an hour with the family after dinner. These would all have been in the 70s. Cartoons casper, Pepe le pue. Bonaza, black beauty, All creatures great and small, I love Lucy, Felix the cat, Oh dear what a fun thing to challenge my memory on a wet Sunday morning.

  5. I remember, my favorite Martian, Lassie and lost in space. I remember we loved watching little house on the prairie as well.

    1. All good ones indeed, LHOtP l think was a very early 70’s series – but as l said to Angie last night, we will be looking at those later, probably March as a series 🙂

    1. Ha ha – oh yes, l remember that also – although when younger l didn’t pay much attention to the numbers just the plots, l think l worked them by their colours .

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